Guess where I did a class? Yes! The Bead Shop Nottingham, how on earth did you guess?!?
The class was on Viking Knit which is working with 0.3mm wire using a tool to make a kind of braid much like with a French knitting spool. It's usually done using a Lazee Daizee tool, but we used some wire held round a pencil which worked just as well.
After creating a braid, or length of knit, it looks like this. Not great eh? The next step is the work it through a draw plate, ours were plastic, starting with a large hole and working your way down until the knit is compact. It's magic, that's all there is to describe it. Magic.
See how neat that looks? Nothing like the pre-drawn braid.
See? I was very impressed. I made mine into a bracelet with end cones when I got home. I bought a draw plate as I want to do some more of this (I'm thinking coloured wire to make necklaces), but I didn't buy a Lazee Daizee tool as they're £20! I'm going to use the pencil with wire held on with an elastic band!
As this was new to me, I'll be linking up to Fiona's Something New for 2014
There will be radio silence from me for the next week. Me and my lovely mum are off to the craft hotel for 5 fab days of crafting. Potential burglars! Mr CA will be here and he's the one you don't want to tangle with.